Johnny Healy-Rae set to pass quota on first count

Johnny Healy-Rae is tallying an impressive 3,141 votes in South and West Kerry on his first time before the electorate.

Johnny Healy-Rae set to pass quota on first count

By Anne Lucey

Johnny Healy-Rae is tallying an impressive 3,141 votes in South and West Kerry on his first time before the electorate.

The quota is likely to be just 2,000 votes.

He was co-opted onto the County Council at the election of his uncle Michael in 2011.

His father, Danny Healy-Rae, is at the 3,000 vote mark with several boxes still to go.

The notable performance, around a General Election quota level, means that most focus now is on their number two votes, which will prove decisive.

Both Healy-Raes have polled right across their local areas with Johnny Healy-Rae picking up votes in Iveragh, Dingle as well as his own doorstep in Kenmare.

Some 131 votes in Clahane, Castlegregory went to Johnny Healy-Rae, while the local man Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald got 200 votes in the same station.

Clahane is about two hours from Kilgarvan - the Healy-Rae base.

Danny Healy-Rae is picking up votes in Killarney town, Kilgarvan, as well as Castleisland.

First-time candidate Norma Moriarty of FF is at 8.8% followed by sitting councillor PJ Donovan of FG.

Surprisingly, neck and neck are first time-candidate Breandan Fitzgerald (FF), and the current Fine Gael mayor of Kerry Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald and Sinn Fein’s Damien Quigg.

The Milltown boxes are yet to be tallied, which will bring sitting FF councillor Michael O’Shea into the picture - he is currently at just over 6%.

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